Dec 08, 2023
SOC 2600 - Criminal Justice
This course examines the structures and decision processes of agencies that deal with crime and people involved in the United States criminal justice system, including criminal justice personnel, people apprehended and convicted of crimes, and victims of crimes. An emphasis is placed on how criminal justice practice is based on politically derived public policies and the use of discretion by criminal justice personnel. Students use critical thinking and ethical reasoning to analyze the practice of these agencies. Topics include but are not limited to criminal law, policing, court systems, sentencing, and corrections.
Requisites: SOC 1000
Credit Hours: 3
OHIO BRICKS Arch: Connected World
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Course Transferability: CTAG course: CTCJ001 Introduction to Criminal Justice, OTM course: TMSBS Social & Behavioral Sciences, TAG course: OSS031 Introduction to Social Welfare
College Credit Plus: Level 1
- Students will be able to describe the contributions of each component of the criminal justice system (police, courts, and corrections) to the administration of the justice system (including the juvenile justice system).
- Students will be able to explain the origin and evolution of the criminal justice system and how it has led to its current form.
- Students will be able to identify and develop effective and socially conscious ways to administer justice with attention to due process, fairness, equity, and just outcomes.
- Students will be able to discuss and critically assess ethical issues in criminal justice.
- Students will be able to identify the mission, roles, and strategies of policing.
- Students will be able to outline the process of a case as it progresses through the criminal justice system, commencing with the offense and culminating with the release from a disposition.
- Students will be able to compare and contrast the differences between community-based and institutional corrections.
- Students will be able to explain the impact of diversity on the system and on all those involved in the system.
- Students will be able to discuss the constitutional parameters of the administration of justice in a democracy.
- Students will be able to apply critical thinking skills to identify, assess, and solve problems confronted by the criminal justice system.
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